The Uncommon Reader
A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the... show more
A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen's transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. With the poignant and mischievous wit of "The History Boys," England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.
Publish date: 2007-09-18
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 120
Edition language: English
The Queen discovers reading and becomes an avid reader. Her staff is upset. She's not supposed to read. Where they used to know what questions she would ask and would brief people on how to respond, now the conversation could go anywhere. She used to take suggestions from the young man who introduce...
A short novella on the joys, growth and enlightenment reading can bring, even to the most enlightened, at any time in life. It's also an accurate portrayal of the consuming obsession reading can become (truth, as we all well know). Layered atop this testimony of the power of the word is another...
This was an absolutely delightful meditation on the value of reading. The idea of the Queen becoming a voracious reader was inspired, as was Bennett's description of how her staff responds to this dismaying development. But how he used the premise to comment on what makes reading worthwhile is the r...
Quick read, very entertaining.
Un mercoledì qualunque, la regina s’imbatte nella biblioteca circolante e inizia la grande trasformazione.Sua maestà scopre il piacere di leggere, e la lettura sovverte ogni regola.Si sa: i libri aprono porte imprevedibili, producono pensieri o pensieri inimmaginabili, accendono idee inaudite, scuot...